Monday, April 29, 2013

Unique Second-Hand Items You Should Never Pass Up

The art of shopping for second-hand items, also known as thrifting, can take a certain amount of patience and skill. You have to have an idea of what you’re looking for, but not too specifically, because it’s extremely rare to find exactly what you want in a second-hand store. You also have to have a tremendous amount of patience, and, if you’re looking for a real deal, be willing to dig a bit in the piles of other peoples’ junk. Thrifting, however, can be an extremely rewarding endeavor if you constantly keep in mind the things you should look for, and have an idea of what to buy the second you see it. Here are a few suggestions of items that will enhance any home.

The Club Chair

Club chairs were initially made to adorn gentlemen’s clubs, hence the name. They are striking chairs with unique lines and are typically upholstered by expert craftspeople. If you find a club chair in an antique or thrift store, it will most likely be leather, but newer models also offer a variety of fabrics. This chair is unique and valuable enough, that it’s worth your time to spend a bit of extra money to have it reupholstered and conserve the original quality of the chair while refreshing it for your personal home and style.

Don’t pass up a club chair when you see it at a thrift store, flea market, antique store, or swap meet. It will be a comfortable, stylish, conversation-starter in any home. Its finesse and elegance will add grace to any room.

Unique Lamps

Most lamps you find second-hand are straight out of someone’s grandma’s house, but this may work in your favor if their grandma had exquisite or unique taste. The lamp aisles in your local thrift stores are the first places you should check for great gems for your home. Lamps are ridiculously easy to re-wire, and second-hand lamps are significantly less expensive than store bought lamps. Plus, you’re conserving resources by reusing something instead of buying something new. Look for lamps that have interesting colors or shapes. Many lamps are made out of materials that you can repaint and create a custom lamp just for your own home. Or, scour the shelves until you find the perfect vintage piece to adorn your table tops. The thrill of the hunt is part of the fun.

Paige One enjoys writing about a variety of eco-friendly topics, including thrifting!

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